Canadian police arrest 'Real Life' pirate


TORONTO -- Montreal police have made the first arrest of a Canadian for illegally videotaping a movie in a cinema since legislation to criminalize unauthorized camcording became law here last June.

A Toronto representative of the Canadian Motion Picture Distributors Assn. said Friday that Montreal police arrested a 23-year-old man Oct. 26 on suspicion of recording the Touchstone Pictures comedy "Dan in Real Life" at Cinema Guzzo's La Cordaire Cineplex on avenue Des Grandes Prairies.

The identity of the man will not be revealed until Montreal police complete their investigation and decide whether to bring formal charges.

According to Quebec press reports, the man is understood to have had technology at hand to upload the movie to the Internet.

The incident marks the first arrest here since the passage of Bill C-59 in June, which made recording a movie without a theater's permission a criminal offense, punishable by a fine and up to two years in jail.

Canadians found to have profited by videotaping movies in cinemas face a maximum five-year jail term under the new law.